http://www.mikeplacek.com/wp-content/mikesmov.flv Hey everyone welcome to my website. Thanks for all the support throughout the years. It has been a quite a ride. Becoming a pro beach volleyball player has been my dream since I was a kid, and even now I tend to forget that I am doing this as a career. When I was eleven I learned how to play volleyball on the beaches in Del Mar, CA. I still remember every single person over the last fourteen years who has helped me to become the athlete and player I am today. I can not thank all of you enough. Competing as a pro beach volleyball player is a tough career but I love every second of it. I am looking forward to many great years on this tour and will continue to work hard both on and off the court. Thanks and enjoy the site. -Mike

About Mike:

  • Name: Mike Placek
  • Born: 10/23/1982 Pompton Plains, NJ
  • Resides: Del Mar, Ca
  • Family: Son of Karel and Liba Placek, the Oldest of 4 children followed by Karolinka, 23, Alex, 20, and Klarka, 17
  • Pets: Dog named Boogie
  • Height: 6’3
  • Weight: 185
  • High School: Torrey Pines ’00
  • College: University of California at Santa Barbara ’04 member of tennis team and Sigma Chi fraternity
  • Current Jobs:
    • Head Varsity Coach for girls Point Loma Volleyball team www.pointlomahigh.com ,
    • Coach and fitness trainer for Encinitas Wave Volleyball Club www.encinitaswave.com ,
    • Fitness Instructor and personal trainer: see work out link above for details
  • AVP Most Memorable Moment: My first time qualifying for the main draw in Cincinnati, OH ’06
  • AVP Highlight Moment: Reaching the Semifinals in the San Diego AVP in 2008 in front of my friends and family
  • AVP Best Career Finish: 3rd, San Diego, 2008 and 9th place finishes in Dallas, Louisville, and Boulder in 2008.
  • In the news:


  • Movie(s): Sideout, Gladiator, and Talladega Nights
  • TV Show(s): 24 and Two and a Half Men
  • Book: Angels and Deamons and all books written by Dan Brown
  • Band: AFI, Rise Against, and DJ Tiesto
  • Restaurant: Something’s Fishy (Santa Barbara, Ca)
  • Hobby: Collecting wooden animals to add to my animal kingdom aka my room
  • Athlete(s): All the pro baseball players I have been fortunate to work out with in the offseason and Junior Seau
  • Most influential people: My two tennis coaches, Ed Collins and Marty Davis
  • Team(s): Chargers, Lakers, Padres
  • Workout: The Patch (obstacle course in Del Mar, Ca), Puke Hill (also in Del Mar), and crushing myself at the 24 Hour Fitness in Point Loma, Ca
  • Beach: 20th St Del Mar
  • AVP Tourney: Manhattan Beach, Ca. and Cincinnati, OH